Sunday, July 31, 2011

Basket Case

Last Sunday, or perhaps it was the Sunday before as I've lost track of the days with the sweltering heat we've been having, we took a little jolly down to Harper's Ferry.  If you've been reading my blog for too long, you may recall I went there once before when the weather was the complete opposite.
Needless to say, the sun was blistering hot, my companions (of the smaller variety) complained endlessly.  And I mean ENDLESSLY - to the point where I was either going to cry or run off screaming - I believe I may have shouted once and turned a few heads (oops, mega embarrassment). 
The intolerable heat only worsened the situation.  
I therefore took no photos. 
Not a single solitary one.
I did however manage, whilst bribing complaining child with $$, to pick up a little basket weaving kit.  Despite my better judgement and the difficulty I had experienced before as apparently I'd lost all sense of good judgement and was hoping for a curing spot of retail therapy.

As it turns out, basket weaving is still not my forte.  Unless you'd like a lopsided likely to fall over wobbly basket. 
And as it turns out, my lovely friend across the pond knew that my little basket needed all the help it could get and sent me the most delightful crochet flower along with the wonderful yarn she sent me.
Although of course she had no clue I was buggering up the basket weaving process again and a sweet flower would be just the ticket. At least now I have a matching pair of wobbly handmade by me baskets.

Happy Sunday!

I hope your Sunday finds you in a lovely cool place.

Toodles.... L x ♥.  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lucky Me :: Lovely Yarn

Someone very lovely from across the pond has been ever so kind and sent me the loveliest yarn of all for our little yarn swap.
I have to say this is the nicest yarn I have ever used. It's ever so soft and so easy on the hands - if you know what I mean?  It's not the sort of yarn that can make your hand a little tired as you hook along with it.
Since the lovely Louise sent it to me I've discovered (much to the horror of the Mr.) that I can buy this yarn for absolute bargain here.  Free shipping too!


Thank you Louise, I think I'm in yarn ♥ love.

Must be off to hook - yes, a project already in the works for this loveliness.

Toodles... L x ♥

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Total Cr@p

I am total and utter cr@p at finding stuff on Ravelry and then remembering to put it in my queue.  Inevitably I print the pattern in a frenzy of excitement over finding the perfect pattern and then skip off to somewhere else on Ravelry totally forget where I found the pattern to begin with.  Or in this case, I copied parts of the pattern excluding the pattern title to a word doc, printed them out and toddled off to start my project.

So if by chance you know where I found this pattern, please please let me know.  I'm enjoying the process of adding my 'projects' to Ravelry. If I could only enjoy the process of creating a queue.  I think the word 'queue' just stresses me out and makes me impatient!

One thing I did remember to add to my queue was a pattern for another lovely cardigan!  I love the overall design, however my plans call for making it much longer.  My waist has been long lost to laziness and no-one needs to see where it's supposed to be! ☺  Anyway, it's a lovely pattern don't you think?
After all your encouraging comments on my first attempt, I'm really excited to get started!

Before I rush off to burn the dinner, thank you to the lovely Marinke for giving me the Liebster Blog Award .  I'm always nervous to pass this award on to others as I know some are not fond of them plus there are so many lovely blogs out there I wouldn't know where to start. But thank you very much for your kindness!

Toodles... L x ♥ 

Monday, July 18, 2011

The *New* Doormat

If you can believe it and promise not to tell anyone, Big J helped me with this rather fun crochet project.
 He seemed to enjoy cutting long continuous strips of Little J's old T-shirts that were too worn/stained to go to the charity shop.
And when he saw the size of the hook I used (it was a biggie, almost too big for my little hand to hold) he even asked to have a little try at crochet!  I reminded him that he could crochet quite well when he was 6 and after 13 years he picked it back up quite quickly.
Definitely a fun project and a good way to recycle old T-Shirts.
I believe this one may end up at the back door for the hounds to wipe their feet on.
Toodles..... L x ♥

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My First.....

.....crocheted cardigan!!!!

Well to be technically correct, it's not my first attempt to crochet a cardigan.
Oh no, no, no. 
It's actually the fifth, but the other four never made it to the sleeves they went so horribly wrong!!!  I even tried knitting a cardigan, but I suck at knitting, so my knitting project was axed quite quickly - simple as that. 
Finally, I found this pattern on ravelry (don't you just L♥VE that site???), used completed the wrong yarn (but I do love this yarn), but on attempt number 2, I realized it would only work with some minor 'make it up as you go along' bits.  It was super duper easy to modify as you go.  That's what I like about crochet as opposed to knitting.  You can always rip back a few rows without too much major fuss.
 As you can see, I decided to only do the pattern around the yoke of the cardigan.  I thought it might get a little 'busy' if I did the entire thing.
Oh and at this point have decided against sleeves.  Not because I don't think they'll be super easy, but just because I can't be arsed :-) But that might change and I still have three balls of wool left - it took about 5 balls total.
Now, if you contemplating a crocheting a little bit of woolly goodness to wear, I highly recommend this pattern.  It's mega easy.  In fact, I feel fairly confident it could be modified to to be just a plain cardigan if you wanted something simple as it's worked from the top down.  I simply kept trying it on as I went along and followed the easy peasy instructions for making the armholes once I was comfortable that it was fitting across my shoulders nicely.
Please let me know what you honestly think.  The boys agree that it looks very nice on, but Big J thinks the buttons are a bit much.  I might have to agree with him.
Now all I need is some cool weather so I can wear it and if I don't fall out of love with in the meantime, then I will definitely make another.

Must be off!
Toodles L x ♥

Thursday, July 7, 2011


So umm what the heck has happened to blogger?
Am I the only one who had a completely new view when logging in?
Not sure what to think right now, but this new view looks promising.

Firstly, thank you for your kind words of cheer from yesterday's post. I'd like to tell you that I'm feeling much better, however I received some news from Down Under this morning that although not unexpected, was a wee bit upsetting.  Anyway, I plowed into work today, try to keep my thoughts clear and rushed home to admire this little beauty.

Isn't this the cutest switch ever?
I mean aside from the grime.
Although, you might be a bit grimy if you been hidden in a box for 40 years.
 And these little details, seriously cute eh?

 Old School details is what I call them. 
They don't make stuff like this anymore.
(Do you see the little switch again, still cute ☺ )

 And she folds up and packs neatly away into a sweet little box.
Which, with my gold fish brain I forgot to photograph.
And she has all her original 'bits & bobs'.  Original manual, all her feet are intact, sweet little light still works (thanks to that cute little switch) and she has her original machine oil and needles.

It was ♥ love ♥ at first site.

She sews like a dream.

I'd like to thank EBay for gently prompting Mr. VW every time he logged in by showing him my recent searches - he knew I'd been admiring these for some time.
And thankful I was blessed with effective haggling skills and a hopeless shop owner who had no clue what she had!
So I got her for a steal
And of course mega big hugs and kisses to the Mister for indulging me when we stumbled across this little beauty over the long weekend lying on the floor of a very clutter thrift/junk/antique shop by the river.
I simply couldn't leave her behind.

Well I must rush off, it's hot and everyone is cranky and I'm in desperate need of a few minutes of hooky goodness before I nod off this evening.

Toodles....L x ♥

P.S.  She's a Singer Featherweight 221-1 from 1936 ☺

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All Will Be Revealed . . . . . . . . . . .Tomorrow!

I've been dreaming about this post for days.
However I'm feeling quite low, a little down in the dumps.
I can't for the life of me get the camera to cooperate beyond these two photos. avoid any further misery, all will have to be revealed tomorrow!
Toodles   Lx.

Unless of course you figure it out before then. 
Which I'm sure you will.